The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, and takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
The site chosen for the Memorial was Gozcu Baba Tepe, a small hill overlooking Sedd el Bahr - as it was here that the original British landing was made, the greatest amount of Turkish territory occupied, and from here that the last Allied troops were evacuated in January 1916.
The Helles Memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and place of commemoration for many of those Commonwealth servicemen who died there and have no known grave.
The United Kingdom and Indian forces named on the memorial died in operations throughout the peninsula, the Australians at Helles. There are also panels for those who died or were buried at sea in Gallipoli waters. The memorial bears more than 21,000 names.
Amongst those commemorated on the Memorial are two brothers, Frank and Robert Ormerod, who died within four days of each other in August 1915.
(Robert Ormerod, of the East Lancashire Regiment, died on 9 August 1915)
(Frank Ormerod, of the Border Regiment, died on 13 August 1915)
|The Panel on the Helles Memorial commemorating those lost on
the Royal Edward, including Frank Ormerod
TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN REVERENT MEMORY OF THESE / EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE / OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FORCES / OF THE UNITED KINGDOM DROWNED IN / THE "ROYAL EDWARD" TRANSPORT / WHICH WAS TORPEDOED ON THE / 13TH AUGUST 1915. / ALL OF WHOM HAVE / NO OTHER GRAVE THAN THE SEA. / "HE DISCOVERETH DEEP THINGS OUT / OF DARKNESS AND BRINGETH OUT TO / LIGHT THE SHADOW OF DEATH"